Music

The Poet and Soul Man is not here today – Bobby Womack 1944 – 2014

The Poet and Soul Man is not here today – Bobby Womack 1944 – 2014

Last Friday afternoon I was rocking to Womack and Womack “Love Wars” album while in the kitchen. I mean I had Spotify on repeat for two hours. Ten hours later I hear Bobby Womack is dead. Bobby Womack was cut from the same cloth so many other earlier soul and R & B singers were, […]

Charlie Robison, Mary Cutrufello and Chris Wall – Saturday listening Texas style

Charlie Robison, Mary Cutrufello and Chris Wall – Saturday listening Texas style

I didn’t have much of a Saturday.  Worked about 4 hours, came back to the hacienda and set to work on a web project that should have been completed a month ago.  Thank heavens the web site isn’t for anyone else but me. I needed music! My Saturday listening started off with George Michael (I sound […]

Lou Reed: Requiescat in pace

Lou Reed: Requiescat in pace

Yes, he passed away this morning at his Long Island home. No sooner his death was announced, an email from Bob Lefsetz about Reed arrived in my inbox.. It probably won’t appear on Bob’s blog for another 24hours as subscribers to his news letters receive his words first. No point reading the usual regurgitated stuff […]

Linda Ronstadt voice silenced by Parkinson’s but thank goodness for her old standards

Linda Ronstadt voice silenced by Parkinson’s but thank goodness for her old standards

Since Linda Rondstadt announced last week that she is no longer able to sing due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, there have been no shortage of feature articles and blog posts full of praise and looking back at her career. Many writers over the past few days have described her as “rock n roll legend” […]

Mercy: A relevant message

Don’t give up I know you can see All the world and the mess that were making Can’t give up And hope God will intercede Come on back Imagine that we could get it together Stand up for what we need to be Cause crime won’t save our feet or hungry child Can’t lay down […]

The passing of another music legend – George Jones 1931 – 2013

The passing of another music legend  –  George Jones 1931 – 2013

My local Morrison’s is becoming the place I first hear of  the  passing  of  popular  music  artists.  I learned of  Amy  Whitehouse passing, as I walked from the  parking lot to the store and yesterday I learned of  George  Jones death while  checking twitter as I stood  in the check  out line.  It was a […]

The greatness that was Otis Redding

. I’m on an Otis Redding kick at the moment. A few weeks ago I finally got round to watching Two Days in The Valley, which was originally released  in 1996. I mention this because it’s got a pretty good sound track which features “Down in the Valley” by Otis Redding. Since then I have […]

I was singing Hal David songs before I started nursery school

I was born in the 60’s and not surprisingly became a teenager in the 70’s. Our home was always filled with music and my mother, was always singing or playing records by her favorites, such as Neil Sedaka, The Everly Brothers, Perry Como,  Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Presley, Gene Pitney and […]

Born to sing the blues: A fans tribute to Etta James

    Last week I tweeted that Ms. Etta James wasn’t long for this world, then Friday came the news that Ms. James had passed away that morning (20 January), at a hospital in Riverside County, California. The quality of her life had diminished considerably, so it was expected and for me a relief that she was no […]

Britney Spears, guns and gushing people in Stoke Newington and Dalston

I began noticing twitter posts about Britney Sprears being spotted in Stoke Newington over the weekend and took no notice, such is the easily excitable state of  Hackney residents. Next came  talk of her running around with a gun. By then I had chalked it up to nit twits getting excited about nothing. You have […]

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